Suchan Says: 3 Tornadoes Confirmed and More Soaking Rain Ahead

The National Weather Service finished surveys earlier today and concluded three tornadoes touched down with many pockets of straight-line wind damage mixed in across the metro.  The strongest tornado developed 2 miles west of Eudora and took a track very close to K-10 ending just southwest of DeSoto, KS in Johnson County.  This tornado had peak wind gusts of 100 – 107mph rating it an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale.

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A second brief tornado did touch down in Olathe.  It was just south of K-10 by the intersection with College Blvd.

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A third tornado was confirmed in Liberty and was also an EF-0 tornado with a longer track than the one that was confirmed in Olathe.

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It’s worth pointing out all the recent tornadoes have been EF-0 to EF-1 intensity on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale.  If these tornadoes were occurring in May to early June, they would have the potential to be stronger given typical stronger winds aloft enhancing the speed shear component to the wind field.  The lower end intensity is more typical for July tornadoes where winds from the ground up are often quite a bit weaker.  The unusual element to these tornadoes, the frequency and number of them we’ve seen over just the past week or so!  Normally we should be hazy, hot and humid with only a small isolated afternoon thunderstorm possible.

Our primary concern moving forward is localized flash flooding as severe weather takes a back seat this next round.  Conditions will be very unfavorable for severe storms given unseasonably “chilly” temperatures building into the area.  Unless a stronger “elevated” storm can ride the I-44 corridor across the southern part of Missouri producing some hail or a few wind gusts, I simply do not expect to be tracking severe storms Wednesday.  But you’ll want the umbrella and plan on outdoor plans getting washed out in some cases as steady rain moves through.

Next round of rain developing and moving northeast

Next round of rain developing and moving northeast

Soaking rain to start the day Wednesday

Soaking rain to start the day Wednesday

Patchy rain and drizzle in the afternoon

Patchy rain and drizzle in the afternoon

Cloudy evening with still some drizzle or mist possible

Cloudy evening with still some drizzle or mist possible

Forecast rain amounts tonight, Wednesday into Thursday

Forecast rain amounts tonight, Wednesday into Thursday

The other big headline, record cool temperatures!  Highs across the area Wednesday likely will stay in the 60s and this would easily break the daily cool max temperature which is 70 degrees.

Chris Suchan
Chief Meteorologist
KCTV5/KSMO

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